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Avenir Equation road wheelset for a 225 pounder?(6 posts)

Avenir Equation road wheelset for a 225 pounder?teacherguy
Apr 2, 2002 3:12 PM
I'm liking a Raleigh R600 with Equation wheels.Will they hold up for me?
More data on Equation wheels? Who makes them, etc? (nm)Kerry
Apr 2, 2002 4:36 PM
More data on Equation wheels? Who makes them, etc? (nm)atpjunkie
Apr 2, 2002 5:09 PM
Rolf Vectors (Comps and Pro's NOT SESTIERRE) will work as will Velomax Circuit Comps and Orions. Not familiar with what you are riding. I'm 230 and these wheels do fine for me.
here is a little more about Equation wheel sets.teacherguy
Apr 2, 2002 7:19 PM
Avenir makes them. They are used on some of the diamond back and raleigh road bikes. The front has a 16 (bladed) spoke and the back is 20 spoked. The hubs use sealed bearing. Avenir is a bike parts and accessories company that out fits Darby cycle which distributes raleigh and diamond back And Avenir parts Thanx
more imfo, rims:Alex DA-28, Equation sealed bearing hubs H cut.teacherguy
Apr 2, 2002 8:04 PM
I found this on the Raleigh site.
My take on Equation road wheelsThe Kid
Apr 5, 2002 5:11 PM
The Equations you mention are a reduced spoke count, light weight, road racing wheel set. Many manufacturers make or market similar wheels, including Bontrager, Rolf, Mavic, Velomax, Shimano and others.

Having briefly ridden them on other people's bikes, I plan to replace a set of Shimano's WH-R535 wheels on my own bike with Equations soon, primarily to shed weight from my bike.

Any quality wheel that meets the "light-weight, reduced spoke count, road racing" desciption MAY prove to be durable for you. But, if your riding style is aggressive, if you weigh more than the average racing cyclist, if the roads you ride on are less than perfect and if you can't maintain proper spoke tension in your wheels, the chances of this outcome decrease considerably, regardless of brand or model.

Given your weight, it would seem prudent for you to use more traditional wheels for everyday riding. Perhaps your Raleigh dealer also has an R500 in stock. It uses the same Alex DA-28 rims as the Equation wheels, but laced with 32 spokes per wheel to Shimano Tiagra hubs. Try to work out a swap with your dealer to put the stronger wheels from an R500 onto your new R600.

Best Regards,
The Kid